Wholistic Women’s Healthcare strives to provide high-quality, comprehensive healthcare to women in every stage of life. During pregnancy and birth, midwifery care is exemplified by the education and support the family receives. Prenatal appointments last an average 45 minutes, giving expectant moms and dads the opportunity to ask questions, discuss important decisions, and feel like their voices are being heard. During labor, the licensed midwife and trained assistant are present to guide mothers through their delivery and immediate postpartum in the safety and comfort of their own home. After the baby is born, the midwife provides attentive care to mom and baby for six postpartum weeks.
Annual well-woman care with a midwife includes a pap smear (if indicated), a clinical breast exam, a basic physical, and education relevant to each individual woman. This type of gentle, personalized care is ideal for young women coming in for their first pap smear or anyone who prefers a more personalized experience.
Ensuring that both mom and dad are in good health before conception is an important and often overlooked aspect of primary healthcare. Many health conditions are not treatable in pregnancy due to an increased risk for the baby. Ideally, these conditions would be addressed before pregnancy. Simply living a standard American lifestyle can lead to a depleted system that would benefit from some attention before pregnancy is attempted. A pre-conception appointment with a midwife includes a basic physical, dietary assessment, and laboratory testing as indicated. These 60 minute appointments allow ample time for asking questions and creating a plan for any necessary changes before becoming pregnant.
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
Midwifery care for pregnancies after a cesarean focuses on optimal nutrition and lifestyle choices to keep clients low-risk as well as allowing space to work through any emotions that haven't yet been processed from previous birth experiences. It is important to research the risks and benefits of VBAC to ensure that it is a good fit. For more information regarding who is a good candidate for VBAC, visit our Resources page or Contact us.
Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta by separating the membranes and umbilical cord from the placenta, rinsing and draining maternal and fetal blood, and dehydrating it to then powder and place it into capsules for the mother to ingest. Benefits of ingesting the placenta may include the reintroduction of beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins, and other nutrients to her body following labor and birth. It may also help prevent “baby blues,” increase breast-milk production, shorten healing time, increase energy levels, and provide an over-all feeling of wellness as the mother transitions into her new role.